Charmed Deception - YA Review by Caroline H

Reader: Caroline H.
Age: 12
Title: Charmed Deception
Author: Eilis O'Neal
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Pub Date: 10/27/15
Galley: Yes
Top 25: No
Convince us to read the book: This book was very suspenseful; it kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time I was reading it. The character development was kind of weak at first, but it became stronger as the story went on. The plot was kind of predictable (girl with forbidden power finds someone else like her, the other girl is imprisoned, her new guy friend helps her break the other girl out without the evil forces finding out, etc.) but other than that it was a great book. My only other complaint is that the dialogue was kind of sappy at times. 
Memorable or Forgettable: This book was memorable, but there were many clich├ęs, including the addition of the extremely clingy guy character and the protagonist with the forbidden power who goes against the odds to bring equality to the world. The dialogue seemed somewhat fake at times. The story was pretty well done, though, and all in all I enjoyed reading it.
Cover: Personally, I really don’t like this cover. It actually reflects the contents pretty well, but the design and colors are kind of unattractive. 
Age Range: under 12 through 18 and up
Quality: 4Q - Better than most
Popularity: 3P - Some teen appeal
Additional Comments: Maybe it's just me, but this book sounds like Harry Potter...

tags: fantasy / magic / romance / ya lit

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